Today Manchester City Council has approved plans for the expansion of the historic Band on the Wall venue, including bringing the derelict Cocozza building, at the rear of the existing Band on the Wall, back to life.
The plans will see the multiple award-winning venue’s capacity increase from 350 to 500 for headline artists and performances. The Picturehouse Bar will be re-modelled with the external terrace space increased and a new commercial kitchen installed. A learning complex will include a rooftop A/V suite, allowing young people and education participants to create new digital work by engaging with international touring artists.
The Cocozza building is one of only a few remaining structures from the days of the Victorian Smithfield Market. The inclusion of the Cocozza building creates a new opportunities along Foundry Street and it is planned to install digital artworks in place of venue windows.
Second-stage funding will now be sought from Arts Council England.